MP Hirpe Muleta passes away
By Yonas Abiye, EthiopianReporter
Hirpe Muleta, one of the women lawmakers in the House of People’s Representatives, has passed away at the age of 64, the Communications Office of the House of People’s Representatives (HPR), announced on Thursday.

Hirpe was elected for the parliamentary seat during the 2015 General Elections under the ticket of the Oromo People’s Democratic Organization (OPDO) representing the Alem Genna constituency of the Finfine Surrounding Special Zone of the Oromia Regional State.

According to information obtained from the Communications Office of the HPR, Hirpe died from natural causes.

Before her three-year parliamentary tenure, she was a member of the Oromia Regional Council a.k.a. Chaffee Oromia where she served as chairperson of the Women and Children Affairs Standing Committee, according to her biography.

Though she is little know in the House’s regular meetings, she has served over four decades as a civil servant — mainly in teaching — under three regimes since the era of Emperor Haile-Selassie I.

Born in Sebeta town in 1954, she has been teaching language (Amharic and Afaan Oromo) at elementary and high schools in various parts of the country for more than 44 years.

Hirpe, who first graduated with her diploma from the former Harar Teacher’s Training Center in early 1970s, has acquired her BA in Amharic/English language while she recently did her MA in Afaan Oromo both from Addis Ababa University (AAU).

She was the second MP whose sudden death was declared while in office, before finishing the existing parliamentary term that would end in 2020.

It is to be recalled that in November 2016, MP Addisie Zeleke, was found dead in her office. She was 48 then and had been a representing member of the Amhara Regional State and her party, the Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM).

She had also worked at various departments in the Amhara region before she became a member of parliament in 2015.

The late Hirpe’s funeral ceremony took place yesterday at Misrake-Tsehay St. Gabriel Church around Mekanisa vicinity, in the presence of her families and colleagues. Coincidently, her news of death has come while the House was in its half-a-year recess. Hirpe is survived by her husband and four daughters.

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